Tag: insurance

Is Your Broker Safe?

In Street Name Your capital is at risk when you are investing in equity markets, but I assume very few consider the broker as a potential risk. But the fact is that your capital might be at risk if the broker goes bankrupt. Not only your cash deposit, but also your shareholdings. How is this possible? I believe most investors

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Why I’m Long Gjensidige – The Norwegian Insurer

Gjensidige, for non-native speakers an unpronounceable name, is a quality Norwegian insurer. I’ve been long since the IPO in 2010, and below I briefly bring forward some arguments why I still own the stock (and why intend keeping it). Historical performance – boring  is good: Gjensidige has delivered significant alpha since the IPO in late 2010: CAGR of 18%. What

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WR Berkley – The Rare Combination Of Both Able Operators And Allocators

We buy back stock when we think it’s attractively priced relative to our assessment of the intrinsic value of the enterprise. – Robert Berkley on the 1Q2020 conference call. The business: WR Berkley (NYSE: WRB) is an insurance and reinsurance company. They do mostly business like excess and surplus lines and specialty insurance. These lines of insurance are less standardized

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Some Thoughts On Markel (The “Mini/Baby” – Berkshire) And Its 2019 Shareholder Letter

Berkshire Hathaway needs no introduction, but what many investors might not know is the existence of several “Mini-Berkshires” or “Baby-Berkshires”, companies that are much smaller but in many ways similar both in business model and mindset of the management. One of these companies is Markel Corporation which is traded on the NYSE and has the tickercode “MKL”. Previously I have

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